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Giving every child a sense of belonging: improving birth registration in developing countries

Gambo, J. and Latu, Savae (2009) Giving every child a sense of belonging: improving birth registration in developing countries. [Conference Proceedings]

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The registration of a child’s birth recognises the child as a unique individual, and creates a legal platform for accessing life-enhancing services such as health and education. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) contends that a child who is off the birth registration radar, in comparison to a registered child, is a more attractive prospect to child traffickers, and is more likely to face discrimination and denial of access to basic lifeenhancing services. Although birth registration alone does not secure access to vital social services, non-registration can further marginalise the people at the lower echelon of the society. The United Nations Children’s Fund estimates that the birth registration rate in Vanuatu for 2005 was less than thirty percent. This paper examines the extent of non-registration in Vanuatu, in order to explore whether the opportunities offered by ICT do have a role in improving the provision of birth registration services in that country. It is anticipated that the outcome of this study can be extended to other developing countries in the Pacific.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Land Management and Development
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2014 03:09
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2014 03:09

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